March 23rd

The Great Deep

When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

(Proverbs 8:24) KJV

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

(Genesis 7:11) KJV

Depths, is a translation of the Hebrew word tehom. The same word is translated elsewhere as the deep, the deeps, depths and the great deep. It occurs, for instance, in the account of Noah’s flood.

The great deep is a feature of the internal structure of the Earth, located in the mantle, which is why we’re picking our way through this today in March. However, our featured passage speaks of a time when there were no depths. There was a time before the deep existed. “When there were no depths,” must refer to Genesis 1:1, because the first mention of the deep is Genesis 1:2. The Bible uses tehom to refer to the body of water from which the universe was made.


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Firstly, there’s a difference in usage between the English phrases the deep, (Genesis 1:2) and the depths (Proverbs 8:24) vs. the great deep (Genesis 7:11) which is contextual not based on nuance of translation. The phrase the deep describes the body of water which was present in the beginning, when God said let there be light. The phrase the great deep refers to this water but later, starting at the end of the third day when it’s drained through the mantle into the great gulf, through the fountains of the great deep, as the Earth was spread out over the waters.

Secondly, there’s a lot of overlap in usage of the phrases the deep, the deeps, depths and the great deep which is how we know that they’re all referring to the same body of water, plus they’re all translations of tehom.

The word tehom is used continuously throughout the narrative to ensure continuity. The earth that we live on isn’t any different, in terms of atoms and molecules, from the waters of the deep which preexisted it. However it’s clear that there’s a contextual line between the deep before the 1st day and after creation started. The waters of the deep exist on both sides of this line. However, it came into existence as when God the Son was begotten, because they’re the same person.

The Great Deep – Navigation

SectionTitleScripture
1The Great DeepProverbs 8:24
2Jesus; the Word; the Deep?John 1:1-5, 14
The Deep is an Incarnation of GodRevelation 13:9
3The Volume of the Great DeepAmos 7:4
It Devoured the Great DeepAmos 7:4
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate around the Great Deep

Read through the Bible in a year

Reading planMarch 23
Linear2 Samuel 4-6
ChronologicalJoshua 1-4
– Read 3 chapters every day and 5 chapters on Sundays

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